Thu 30 Nov 2006
The prologs were long and hard to get through, but i think part of that has to do with our own education. How many of us have learned about Frederick Douglass in history class? I believe it is all of us, here in the US. We have grown up hearing his name and are familiar with his story. But put the prologs in the context of the times, all things considered, the prologs are needed to credit Douglass.
Douglass has accomplished many things in the literary world. He has published news papers and books. What he is most famous for is his narrative, the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself.” This story is so intriguing to audiences because the topic of slavery is a taboo, and makes people uncomfortable. Also from Douglass jumping back from the story and making comments as the author in current day, we know that there is a happy ending. Slave stories, concentrated on the lives of the slaves, and not the horrible treatment, depicts the strongest and most raw human spirit; it is empowering. After reading the narrative, one does not dwell too long on the unjust treatment of slaves, but of the power within, to carry on, to strive for something greater, for knowledge. The narrative language also makes the story an easy read. Douglass does not overpower his struggle with gruesome details of whippings and other harmful acts. He does not judge, but rather tell events as facts, simple and clean, allowing the actions to speak for them selves. The narrative is written with such emotion and passion that drips off of the pages. Readers cannot help but care for Douglass and want to read on. The language is simple, and this is understandable since Douglass slowly taught himself how to read and write. This also helps in the reading because the reader is not stumped over difficult words.
I enjoyed reading Douglass, mostly because he brings my passion about racial injustices to the surface and puts fuel in my fire.